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  • 3,500 tour new tower at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital

    A week of grand opening celebrations culminated Sunday with a public open house at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital's new tower in Puyallup. More than 3,500 people got a sneak peek at the spacious patient rooms, modern operating rooms, specialty service areas and new Emergency Department. (Take a virtual tour.)

    As visitors walked in the front doors, they could be heard describing the new facility with words like "beautiful," "amazing," "first-rate," and "nicely done."

    The new Emergency Department opens to the first patients at 3 a.m. Feb. 17. Other departments in the new tower will make the transition over the next few weeks.

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    By Andrew Fickes in the Puyallup Herald:

    MultiCare Good Samaritan has announced that 21st century medicine has found a new home town. The opening of the hospital’s new 357,000-square-foot, nine story, patient tower and emergency department is an accomplishment the hospital’s President John Long takes tremendous pride in.

    “The new patient tower will allow us to change the way health care is provided to the residents of East Pierce County for generations to come,” Long said.

    For the full story and a photo slideshow, visit the Puyallup Herald's website.

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    By Keith Seinfeld, KPLU:

    New emergency rooms keep opening around Western Washington. It's part of a trend.

    On Thursday (Feb. 17) ... MultiCare opens a new medical tower at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup -- which has the busiest ER in Pierce County. 

    It turns out, the busiest ER’s in Washington are mostly outside the biggest cities.

     For the full story, visit KPLU's website.

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    By Rob Carson in The News Tribune:

    The hospital's new emergency department ... is twice the size of Good Sam’s existing emergency department. Walk-in patients and ambulance crews have separate entrances. When the new tower opens Feb. 17, incoming patients will be whisked through four triage rooms for assessment instead of the single one now available. The number of treatment rooms will go from 27 to 46.

    The new tower’s upper levels are filled with surgical suites, 78 patient rooms (all singles) and a critical care center. ...

    “This is our thinking,” said John Long, who became president of Good Samaritan in 2006. “Every person wants to get as much of the health care as he can in his own community. Nobody wants to travel for health care."

    Posted on Feb 14, 2011 in